For Stricker, ‘obscurity’ OK

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Associated Press
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
— Steve Stricker has a secret to staying out of the limelight: Live in Wisconsin.

The world’s No. 2 golfer lives year-round in Madison, where people either don’t recognize him or have gotten so used to him they don’t consider a sighting anything special. The guy ahead of him on the rankings list, Tiger Woods, should only be so lucky.

Woods, the world’s most famous athlete, has been tabloid fodder since news of his rampant infidelities broke in November, and neither he nor wife Elin can go anywhere without attracting photographers.

“I feel very fortunate to live the kind of life I do,” Stricker, a native of Edgerton, said Tuesday. “I can play golf out here for a living and go back to basically obscurity in Wisconsin. And I like it that way.”

Jack’s back

When Jack Nicklaus was still playing the Masters, he had little use for the idea of becoming a ceremonial starter.

After calling it a career five years ago, his stance gradually softened. Now, Jack’s back—at least for one shot.

Nicklaus will be at Augusta National early Thursday morning to join Arnold Palmer for the ceremonial tee shots that signal the start of the year’s first major tournament.

“We’ll have fun,” the 70-year-old Golden Bear said, “and we’ll both belt it out there about 150 yards.”

That’s all, folks

Raymond Floyd’s days of tournament golf appear to be over. Floyd announced Tuesday that he will no longer play the Masters, making last year’s appearance—his 44th—his final one.

“I wanted to leave with really fond memories of the golf course and the way I played the golf course through all of these years, and I’m not competitive there now,” Floyd said.

Floyd said he is “probably retired” from tournament golf.

Floyd had played in every Masters since 1965. He won in 1976 and was runner-up three times.

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